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Remember The Cheez Whiz

I certainly haven't forgotten about the Cheez Whiz Incident, and don't intend to stop mentioning it. At first, I thought the Cheez Whiz Lie was a nice metaphor for the entire faux populist persona of George W. Bush and that was all there really was to say about it. In reality, though, the ersatz quality of Cheez Whiz gets us into some deeper issues. Bushism is to conservatism, in short, as Cheez Whiz is to actual cheese.

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Cambodia is to John effin Kerry, as, bullshit is to a housefly.

Bwaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahaha!

Posted by: Usamabinlazylately | Aug 23, 2004 9:45:33 AM

Man, you get the worst trolls nowadays.

I blame Hugh Hewitt.

By the way, the commercials that pay for his radio show are pretty nutty. Ever hear them?

One of them is a 1-900 number where you learn how to talk to Jesus.

Another is one of those fake debt help places.

Does Hugh feel comfortable earning a living scamming people?

Maybe when you get mad next time and need to hit below the belt, you can ask him about that.

Posted by: praktike | Aug 23, 2004 9:53:22 AM

Matt. You are embarrassing yourself. Please stop.

Posted by: Mike Jenkins | Aug 23, 2004 10:03:05 AM

I think someone's been listening to a little too much Beck.

Posted by: SoCalJustice | Aug 23, 2004 10:05:06 AM

Do you remember boxgate? Bush is the master of the faux tableaux.

Posted by: Everybody's Dark Secret | Aug 23, 2004 10:10:56 AM

Wouldn't that point rebound to Kerry's disadvantage in Pennsylvania? Apparently the folks in Philly actually like the stuff.

Posted by: phil | Aug 23, 2004 10:10:59 AM

This is the best shot of Boxgate I could find. I think you should use the Wiz incident to draw this sort of stuff together.

Posted by: Everybody's Dark Secret | Aug 23, 2004 10:18:45 AM

Wouldn't that point rebound to Kerry's disadvantage in Pennsylvania? Apparently the folks in Philly actually like the stuff.

Er, that's the point. Because he doesn't actually take his cheesesteaks "Whiz with."

He lied.

Posted by: praktike | Aug 23, 2004 10:24:44 AM

At the beginning, people laughed at Lincoln Steffens too, but he didn't let that stop him.

Hewitt really does send some winners on over this way, doesn't he? Is that where warthog (the one with the "middle-aged veteran" obession) comes from?

Posted by: Zizka | Aug 23, 2004 10:36:03 AM

There's nothing phony about Kerry's populist persona. Nada.

Posted by: j.scott barnard | Aug 23, 2004 10:42:08 AM

You mean it's empty calories and bad for you?

Posted by: lady c | Aug 23, 2004 10:44:56 AM

As a philly resident, let me say that the truth is most locals don't eat their cheese steaks whiz with, though it is the acceptable thing to do at that one particular cheese steak shop...

Posted by: Atrios | Aug 23, 2004 10:51:18 AM

Man, you get the worst trolls nowadays.

They are going nuts.

Their little monkey is about to get unceremoniously dumped back to Crawford in disgrace. I've got a feeling he won't even be able to find anyone to pay him for "speaking fees" as everyone except the rabid bushbots seeks to distance themselves from the entire last four years.

Posted by: absynthe | Aug 23, 2004 10:59:15 AM

Apparently nobody here wants to talk about Matt's actual point, which is that Bush's politics are not in line with classical conservative thinking at all. More government, less liberty, crony capitalism instead of free market libertarianism. I recommend the linked article.

http://www.nypress.com/17/31/news&columns/WilliamBryk.cfm

Posted by: Aaron | Aug 23, 2004 11:01:45 AM

Kerry doesn't have a populist persona. He's French and patrician, got it?

Bush's populist schtick is especially obnoxious because to him the Common Man seems to be defined by drinking/ rehab, anti-intellectualism, bragging, and lack of curiosity and knowledge.

Not by actually having to work for a living or do a good job at what you do.

Posted by: Zizka | Aug 23, 2004 11:02:42 AM

As a philly resident, let me say that the truth is most locals don't eat their cheese steaks whiz with, though it is the acceptable thing to do at that one particular cheese steak shop...

Btw, am I the only one who remembers the dumb commercials whatsisname ran against Rendell?

As if somebody would vote for the guy because he preferred Primanti's sandwiches to Philly cheesesteaks ...

Posted by: praktike | Aug 23, 2004 11:05:27 AM

Matt, you've been saying for awhile that you should be more of leftist hack. I thought you were joking. You really should reconsider. You used to have a unique and worthwhile blog. Now you're just a second-rate Atrios clone. You're not persuading anyone or accomplishing anything with this new hack persona. Please stop.

Comment threads are generally a reflection of the tone set by the blogger. These comments are so bogged down with trolls lately because Matt is setting a very low standard for integrity and civility. I'm not a Republican or a Democrat and I'm completely indifferent between Bush and Kerry. But I have written a number of comments lately that would probably be considered trollish. I don't write them because I'm a Bush supporter. I write them because most of Matt's recent attacks on Bush have been baseless and stupid.

Posted by: Xavier | Aug 23, 2004 11:38:52 AM

These comments are so bogged down with trolls lately because Matt is setting a very low standard for integrity and civility.

Additionally, Matt, please stop wearing that sexy red dress.

Posted by: praktike | Aug 23, 2004 12:03:36 PM

Flash News: Politicians Don't Like Kissing Babies!!!

Posted by: Jeffrey Davis | Aug 23, 2004 12:05:57 PM

Comment threads are generally a reflection of the tone set by the blogger.

Heh, you're funny. Better let Kevin Drum know.

Posted by: phil | Aug 23, 2004 12:25:02 PM

Xavier, what makes you think that Matt or any sane person craves the respect of a teenage libertarian?

Being called a hack by the likes of you isn't actually a badge of honor, but it's a small indication that Matt understands what's going on in the world.

Posted by: Zizka | Aug 23, 2004 12:27:34 PM

We in the heartland want to know why block Velveeta doesn't get fair use as a metaphor. Melt the kind with hot peppers, and some crumbled cooked Jimmy Dean sausage, add Fritos and Budweiser or Dr Pepper and you are ready to watch some football.

Somebody told me recipes are troll-repellent.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Aug 23, 2004 12:31:48 PM

Wow, MY is now defining what real conservativism is. I'm sure all conservatives care how MY defines conservatism.

Posted by: Reg | Aug 23, 2004 12:42:13 PM

second rate clone of Atrios...

Matt, it is difficult to find a more polite bunch of malcontents than your trolls.

I think that the return to topic of cheese (and cheese immitations) reveals certain addictive fascination with the banality -- to use an even milder insult.

Posted by: piotr | Aug 23, 2004 1:19:54 PM

"Bush's populist schtick is especially obnoxious because to him the Common Man seems to be defined by drinking/ rehab, anti-intellectualism, bragging, and lack of curiosity and knowledge. "

Zizka, where Bush comes from and where his most fervent support is, that *IS* the ethos of the common man.

Posted by: AngryElephant | Aug 23, 2004 1:39:31 PM

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